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Sleepwreck :: Take It Apart

Feb 5th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , ,
When robots eventually become self-aware, they will likely acquire a taste in music, and almost certainly get the itchy feet to start dancing. Sleepwreck will undoubtedly be in heavy rotation on the robot dance floor. Self-described as “the sound of cyborgs dancing around a ritual bonfire”, or as I like to think of it as the sound of the cyborgs’ Burning Man, Jesse Davis Selkirk’s musical stylings is a tasteful combination of euro-dance and prog rock.
At times Sleepwreck provides the phat beats and tribal groovage that is sure to make that booty drop; other times it is much more heavy, with distorted guitar licks & trip-hop beats – a sound fit for the head-banging shoe-gazers among us. His latest offering, “Take It Apart“, from the upcoming release Disasterpiece, is of the latter persuasion, how I imagine a mashup of Tool and The Faint might sound like.
Disasterpiece is set to release February 12th on East Van Digital.
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Port of Est. :: Valentine In My Headphones (Video)

Feb 2nd, 2016 : by :: Tags: , ,
Port of Est :: Valentine In My Headphones (Video) Vocalist Hannah Tarkinson and producer Todd Kitchens joined creative forces in 2013 to form the deeply moody, electronic pop duo Port of Est. The Portlandians (of the Maine variety) spent a good part of their first year together trying to find the perfect balance in their musical tastes to compliment their unique styles. “Valentine In My Headphones” gives us a taste of the lovely chord that was struck when everything clicked: a complex blend of shoegaze and drum and bass – a true soundscape of IDM-pop grandeur. Check out “Valentine In My Headphones” on Soundcloud, and keep an ear out for the official release on February 14th (naturally) on Port of Est.’s own Delphinium Music.
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Mleo :: New Single “Ridiculous” + “Round Two (If you Feel It)”

Dec 12th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , , ,
Mleo

Audrey Reed, Victor San Pedro, and Nick De La O, together known as Mleo (muh-lee-oh), have been jamming together since high school. Elias Vasquez joined the group behind drums a few years back, and they have been crafting their musical style ever since, blossoming into a truly stunning young group, creating a fresh, unique blend of jazz, funk, and R&B. Not to mention that kick ass ska punk vibe they’ve got going on in the rhythm section, reminiscent of early No Doubt and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their 2014 release Sunken City is a rock solid album, proving that despite being such a young band, there’s something truly special going on here. Their latest single, “Ridiculous“, gives us even more proof that they’ve really only scratched the surface in discovering themselves as a group, and their sound is bound to continue evolving, moving them further and further outside the box of indie pop rock.


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Boy And Bear :: Walk The Wire

Aug 22nd, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,

Welp, this song will undoubtedly be stuck in my head for the next week! Check out “Walk The Wire”, the brand new single from Boy And Bear. I’ll let the jam spread itself. Preorder their upcoming album Limit of Love here, set to release October 9th.

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Khruangbin – Firecracker

Jul 3rd, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,

A Thai funk rock band from Texas you say? That’s awesome. Khruangbin, the Thai word for airplane or “engine fly”, formed in Space City, Houston, are heavily influenced by dusty rock cassette tapes from 60s and 70s Thailand.
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Singles Club Issue 5 Vol. 2 Monster Rally – Moonlight Ballroom

Jul 2nd, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , , ,
I’ve been on a Monster Rally kick lately. The brainchild of Ted Feighan, Monster Rally is the sample-based embodiment of all things rad from the tropicalia and lounge music of the 1950s and 1960s. Singles Club, a super cool quarterly mini-journal with exclusive 7″ records, just released Issue 5 last month, with a killer new track from Feighan. Check out “Moonlight Ballroom” and read Issue 5 Vol. 2 here.

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Made In Heights :: Ghosts

Sep 30th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

Made In Heights is the combined product of vocalist Kelsey Bulkin and producer Alexei Saba, aka Sabzi. Their collaborative work is cerebral and challenging, yet always rewards the listener with memorable hooks and unique narratives. If their name speaks symbolically for their music, then many of Made In Heights’ tracks can be read as heavily polished, well cared-for pop songs with complex, internal messages. Bulkin’s quiet, concerned emotions pour out of previous singles “Murakami” and “Pirourette”, and the percussion that surrounds her stories gently guides the listener into a perspective that looks out at the world from a very specific coordinate. Sonically, Sabzi creates percussive melodies that are somewhere in between alternative hip-hop and moody R&B.

Surprisingly, the duo’s newest single swivels dramatically in a more extroverted direction. While Bulkin’s lyrics are still idiosyncratically concerned with personal reflection, “Ghosts” finds Made In Heights brightening the melody with a staccato rhythm and a glowing hum of synthesizer. The rattles and clicks that initiate the track represent the songs formal interest in embodying a dance track, yet also directly personify the song’s nervous, yet hopeful mood. Bulkin’s monologue splits between two poles as well; she’s equally focused on self-care and the hard work of fostering a relationship with someone else. The power of “Ghosts” exists in Made In Height’s creation of these powerful antinomies. When we look through the eyes of a song, there’s more to see than a simple story described by words. Sabzi and Bulkin’s collaboration find a balance between all elements that make up their music, and the result is something thoughtful and quietly revelatory.

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